BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUND FATALITY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE

A bizarre set of circumstances surround a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday, where a man was found hanged and shot. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow said firefighters were called to the 7400 block of Persia at 4:12 p.m. Firefighters from Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, Yucca Mesa,

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$5.6 MILLION MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY COMING TO JOSHUA TREE

Joshua Tree is about to get a new mental health facility. Reporter David Haldane has more… At Sunny Vista Road on Highway 62. That’s the location of Joshua Tree’s soon-to-be-constructed crisis residential treatment facility, according to a report presented at last night’s packed meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL GETS “STATE OF THE TOWN” AND TOWN MANAGER RAISE

The Yucca Valley Town Council meeting will begin its meeting tonight with a State of the Town address by Mayor Bob Leone. Leone will give an update on the highlights of the past year as well as a look ahead. Managing editor Tami Roleff hits the highlights of the other

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF TRANSPORTING DRUGS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Sunday morning, accused of transporting drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle for an expired registration near Lupine Avenue and Joshua Drive in Twentynine Palms about 3 a.m. During an investigation, the driver, Craig Carter, 43, was found to

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MAN TRIES TO BURN FENCE AROUND LANDERS HOME

A man was arrested Sunday afternoon, accusing of trying to burn down a fence surrounding a Landers home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman saw Donnie Johnson, 25, outside her home in the 1900 block of Alta Avenue about 1 p.m. pouring gasoline on her fence and then trying

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL HEARS EARLY SEWER PLAN, NEW AMPHITHEATER

The Twentynine Palms City Council tonight considers several issues including sewage, birthday logos and an observatory amphitheater. Reporter David Haldane has the story… Sewage is on the agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Specifically, something called the Twentynine Palms Wastewater Master Plan, a conceptual sewer collection

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TONIGHT’S TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CANCELLED

The regularly scheduled Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting for tonight has been cancelled. The next planning commission meeting will be held Tuesday, November 29, at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF SPOUSE ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday night, accused of punching his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jesus Majarrez-Soto began arguing with his wife in the 7500 block of Lucerne Vista about 10:30. During the argument, the woman slapped Majarrez-Soto on the face, and he responded by punching her

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A WARRANT SEARCH RESULTS IN ARREST OF ANOTHER ON WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday during a warrant search for another suspect. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7500 block of Hopi Trail about 12:40 p.m. with an arrest warrant for another man. During a search of the home, deputies located Tricia

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD TO SET DATE TO LOOK AT FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING CUTS

Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board is expected to set a date for a meeting to discuss cutting Fire Department staffing… The Morongo Valley Community Services District meets at 7 p.m. tonight in the Covington Park Community Building. Among the business items on tonight’s agenda, directors are expected to set

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WATER FROM WELL TEST MAY CROSS JOSHUA TREE ROADS

Joshua Basin Water District will be conducting a 48-hour test on Well 14, beginning today, Tuesday, November 15, through Thursday morning, November 17. This is part of the maintenance and rehabilitation process of the well. Water released from this pumping test may cross Rice Road and possibly Sunfair Road. Cautionary

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RELAY FOR LIFE CAPTAINS MEETING TONIGHT

Relay for Life meeting tonight and tomorrow. Relay For Life, Morongo Basin will hold a team captain meeting, tonight Tuesday, November 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Copper Mountain College, room 101, phase one on campus. Team captains and interested participants are urged to attend this meeting. Information

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SCHOOL BOARD TO HONOR ED WILL TONIGHT

There may be marching at tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Here with more is reporter David Haldane… Attendees of tonight’s Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting may find it difficult to stay in their seats. Or, at the very least, there’s likely

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING BLACK AND GOLD SCRIMMAGE TOMORROW

The Yucca Valley High School wrestling team invites the public to their “Black and Gold Scrimmage” tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16. Coach Larry Giron says there is no charge for admission but they will accept donations at the door. There will be a snack bar and souvenirs for sale. This is

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FATAL CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

A man was killed early Saturday morning in a fatal crash in Twentynine Palms. According to the California Highway Patrol, Shawn Lance, 35, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was driving his 1995 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck westbound on Indian Trail about 12:20 a.m. The CHP estimates his speed was 90 to 100

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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER PLANS AT LEAST TWO ROCK CONCERTS A YEAR

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center—also known as the Institute for Mentalphysics—hosted its first two rock concerts earlier this year, eliciting criticism from some who considered them too loud and inappropriate. But there’s a larger social purpose, the center says, and so the events will continue. Reporter David Haldane has the

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FOUR LANDERS HOMES RAIDED FOR ILLEGAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION, 2 ARRESTS

Two men were arrested, and 66 pounds of pot and 267 plants were seized during drug raids at four homes in Landers Friday. Sheriff’s deputies from the Marijuana Enforcement Team served search warrants at homes in the 55700 block of Linn Road, 3600 block of Acoma Trail, 4100 block of

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COMMUNITY PLAN WORKSHOPS: PIONEERTOWN, MORONGO VALLEY, AND LANDERS AREA

San Bernardino County is updating the Community Plans for several areas in Morongo Basin. Part of the larger “Countywide Plan,” the Community Plans serve the unincorporated areas much like the planning commissions serve Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us where those living in the unincorporated

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RARE SUPER MOON IN OUR DESERT SKY TONIGHT

A rare astronomical event will occur tonight when the moon will be closer to Earth than it’s been in almost 70 years. Known as a super moon, the moon hasn’t been this close to the Earth since January 1948, and won’t be this close again until November 2034. The moon

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SEEKING GRANT APPLICATIONS

Community Development Block Grants will soon be available and the Town of Yucca Valley is looking for applicants. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells local non-profits how to apply… The Town of Yucca Valley is soliciting applications from community organizations for the 2017-18 community development block grant. All proposals and applications

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